Last year, the Green Bay Packers beat out the Chicago Bears in Week 1, spoiling Khalil Mack official 1st game with the Bears. Mack began his new chapter with a sack, an interception and a touchdown, but all that couldn’t stop a historic come back by an injured Aaron Rodgers. The rest of the season went very different for both teams, Bears dominated their schedule with a 12-4 record, a wild card game, but ultimately falling to “the Mighty” Nick Foles.
On the other side, everything went wrong for the Packers.
September 5th, NFL season begins with the Packers visiting the Bears. Rodgers and Matt LeFleur will be driving a new offense in hopes that will bring a better result than last year’s 6-9 finish. Regardless what Rodgers and LeFleur say to the cameras, there seems to be some unresolved conflict or misunderstanding? Their relationship is crucial to both of their success. (Are we not going to talk about on how LeFleur said Rodgers was going to play in preseason and never did?)
Expectations are high for Mitch Trubisky and this Bears team, who will be replacing Jordan Howard. Other than rookie David Montgomery, who is set to make an immediate impact on the team’s offense, not many new faces have been introduced. The Bears are, quietly, betting on themselves and Trubisky’s keeping the same wide receiver squad of Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel as the main targets. The only concern there is that none of them even came close to breaking 1k receiving yards.
At the end of the day, all eyes will be on Mack and Rodgers.
Mack enters his 6th season, sitting at 53 sacks ranked 24th among active players and T-157th spot, 2 sacks away from breaking into the top 150. Mack got 1 sack in the 1st game and 2.5 sacks in the 2nd game against the Packers that helped them clinched a playoff spot.
Rodgers only threw 2 interceptions last season (2018).
Bears: Their defense and production on the ground.
Packers: For a healthy Rodgers nothing is impossible.
Pick: Chicago Bears